Cooked lobster in Mornay sauce with a lemon wedge

Featured Food: Lobsters are Back

Your Guide to Lifting your Lobster Game

The lobster, the delectable yet alien-looking shellfish that since WWII has become synonymous with sophistication – the mere mention of this magical crustacean evokes visions of a lifestyle of luxury.

So luxurious in fact, there is a whole notion of being ‘lobsterworthy’. This relatively new concept is defined by the Urban dictionary as, “a moment or an occasion that you consider so special that you have to go celebrate with a delicious lobster, as if it was an edible trophy.”

So, as we are bringing back Lobster Mornay to The Bistro this March, we thought we would get down to the nitty-gritty of what you need to know to assist you in becoming a lobster connoisseur.

 Pick a Winner

Generally, a whole live lobster will have a dark shell. When selecting a live lobster look for one that is lively when handled and smells fresh. We recommend avoiding picking up a lobster whose claws aren’t secured by an elastic band. Trust us when we say, those pincers of theirs can do some serious damage when left to snap away…

If dealing with a live lobster is not for you, (and we can completely understand why) buy a fully-cooked whole lobster or lobster tail. The shells will have turned a delicious red from cooking so look for one that’s brightly coloured.

Cooked red lobster

Does Size Matter?

It certainly does.

As much as ordering a lobster for two sounds romantic, our advice is to avoid ordering a lobster for two where possible.
Why is this?
The bigger the lobster, the tougher the meat.
The smaller the lobster, the more of the meat touches the shell, meaning the more flavourful and tender it will be.

The right order

When you’re eating hot lobster, the tail will go cold quickest, so eat that first. Save the juicy claw meat until last. Claws take the longest to get into and are going to stay warm longer than the tail meat.

Eating in this order will excel your lobster game and make your whole lobster experience a lot cleaner as you can discard the bits of the shell easily, and a lot more organised.

The Mornay Option

Lobster Mornay is one of our all-time favourites in The Bistro, which is why they’re back and coming in hot!

Served in a rich cheesy sauce with a hit of chives, Lobster Mornay takes a half-cooked lobster from its shell, combining the succulent lobster meat in with the sauce before placing the whole dish back into the oven to bake. When combined together, each element compliments one another perfectly.

Two halves of a cooked lobster in a creamy Mornay sauce

Endless options

Other ways to enjoy lobster include:

  • Lobster salad
  • Lobster thermidor
  • Lobster Natural
  • Grilled or BBQ lobster
  • Lobster Roll

 Cracker or fork

There is no doubt seafood takes the top prize when it comes to unique cutlery. In the case of dining on a Natural lobster, you’ll be equipped with a claw cracker and a lobster pick. For your claws, the cracker will be your tool of choice. Similar to a nutcracker, wrap the utensil around the lobster claw and crack away.

The lobster pick is typically a long, pronged tool used to break up the meat into bite-sized pieces.

Man opening lobster claw with his hands

The Pairing Element

White wine is your friend when it comes to pairing a glass of vino with lobster. We recommend a floral and fruity wine and a crisp, dry finish.

So, without further ado, book your visit to The Bistro via the shuttle bus in advance, choose the perfect wine to pair with your meal, enjoy complimentary live and acoustic music through Flame Lounge once your meal is complete and enjoy your lobsterworthy evening.

The Fun Facts to Share…

  1. It’s thought that Lobsters don’t stop growing throughout their life
  2. Lobsters are cannibalistic, meaning they eat each other
  3. Losing a claw is no big deal as lobsters are able to regrow their limbs
  4. Lobsters were once considered the poor man’s food. In Colonial times, it was fed to pigs and goats and only eaten by paupers
  5. Some lobsters can live until they are 100 years old
  6. Lobsters don’t actually find a mate for life, Phoebe from friends made that up